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Film in a hot climate

Right second stint in afghan is coming up and I’m keen to take my new lecia m7, realistically how is my film going to stand up out there in the summer if I cant keep it chilled.

Also has any one used T-max 3200 if so your thoughts would be good!


by Rob Jepp at 2012-01-16 19:19:42 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

hi rob, film is quite resiliant. just wrap it in cloth and keep it in the middle of your back pack etc. just keep it as cool as you can, dont stress!

i have not used tmax 3200 for quite some time but 400 should be good with a fast lens.

good light.


by John Robinson | 17 Jan 2012 07:01 | Durban, South Africa | | Report spam→
I have used Tri-X for years in the American deserts where the temperatures often get to well over 38℃. I kept the film I wasn’t using at the moment stuffed in my sleeping bag. But even the film in the camera which was exposed to the heat of the day did not suffer. In addition, as you know, with b&w film you don’t need to be concerned with color shift at high temperatures.

by Barry Milyovsky | 17 Jan 2012 14:01 | Manhattan, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks for that one guys I’ll quit panicing

by Rob Jepp | 20 Jan 2012 13:01 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hey Rob, Film should hold up fine if you follow what was said above. I only shoot film (I know, I know) and have never had a problem with that. One thing to keep inmind though is that 3200 speed can be easily wrecked by airport screening machines…..and is probably not worth the risk. However, and I have done this, Ilford HP5 (my film of choice) can be pushed to 1600 no problem…….here is a link to one of my photographs I shot with it pushed:


And because it is 400, no problem with the scanners in the airport either.

Hope this helps…..and good luck and be safe…..

by Robert Gerhardt | 20 Jan 2012 14:01 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Just bring tri-x and you’ll be fine, that film is almost indestructible. Personally I wouldn’t bring any T-Max, I’d just push the tri-x (or hp5 also a solid film) as I need it, it just simplifies the process of what to bring and how much, and the quality is pretty much the same with the right developer. Also a lot cheaper.

I just developed a bunch of tri-x that I dragged around India for 6months, in some pretty crazy hot climates and it all turned out fine.

have fun….

by Trevor Little | 20 Jan 2012 15:01 | Perpignan, France | | Report spam→
Tmax 3200 is not good in high and dry temperatures. You have two kinds of high temperatures, with humidity or in dry climates like a desert. In desert makes non sense to carry 3200 since you have a lot of light except if you need to shoot during the freezing nights. But in a desert you haven’t light at all so you can use a 400 or 800 and paint with flashes during the dark side of the day. Dry climates are the worst for marks in high iso asa film. Humidity and high temperatures are the worst for archive negatives. You need to be more precise. What will be your situation, why you need 3200 asa film and high temperatures?
Best regards

by Hernan Zenteno | 20 Jan 2012 20:01 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→

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